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Butterflyfishes of the Genus Chaetodon

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By Bob Fenner

 

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Chaetodon rainfordi McCulloch 1923, Rainford's Butterflyfish. Only from Australia's Queensland coast up to New Guinea. A delicate beauty that is far too often offered in the industry. To six inches overall in length. Australian (Queensland) images of  one, two and four inch specimens.

Chaetodon reticulatus Cuvier 1831, the Reticulated Butterflyfish. Nice looking, and "friendly" underwater toward divers, but dismal survival records in captivity for this coral polyp eater. Found commonly in central and western Pacific. To six inches total length. One in the Cooks, another in N. Sulawesi.

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Chaetodon semeion Bleeker 1855, the Dotted Butterflyfish. A touchy species that is occasionally imported into the West... found in the Indo-west Pacific from Sri Lanka to the Tuamotus of French Polynesia. This adult in northern Indonesia.

Chaetodon speculum Cuvier 1831, the Mirror or Oval-Spot Butterflyfish. A shy species that lives in coral rich areas where it feeds on same and other benthic invertebrates. To some seven inches in length. Eastern Indian Ocean to western Pacific. Ones off of Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Chaetodon striatus  Linnaeus 1758, the Banded Butterflyfish. found in the tropical west Atlantic south to Brazils coast. To six inches long. Yet another generalized B/F species from the area that has a dismal captive survival record. Bahamas pic.

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Chaetodon triangulum Cuvier 1831, the Triangular or Rummynose Butterflyfish. Closely related to the western Pacific Chaetodon baronessa in markings, feeding (coral polyps) and longevity in captivity (not). Found from east Africa to the Andaman Sea.

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Chaetodon trifascialis Quoy & Gaimard 1824, Chevron Butterflyfish. This fish is way too often offered in the trade, belying it's wide distribution, mid-Pacific to the east coast of Africa and the Red Sea. Almost exclusively lives on eating Acroporid polyps. To seven inches in length. One in the Red Sea, another two during the day and night in Fiji.

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Chaetodon trifasciatus  Park 1797, the Melon or Indian Ocean Redfin Butterflyfish. Like the same named Redfin Butterflyfish from the Pacific this is primarily a coral polyp feeder. Note the I.O. species much bluer dorsal coloration To about six inches long in the wild. Two Indian Ocean Butterflyfish, the first one in the Seychelles, the other the Maldives

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Chaetodon vagabundus Linnaeus 1758, the Vagabond, Crisscross Butterflyfish. In the wild feeds on anemones, coral polyps, worms and algae. Compared with the similar Indian (Ocean) B/F (see above), Chaetodon decussatus, this species does poorly in captivity. In the Andaman Sea, and one in Fiji in the South Pacific

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Chaetodon zanzibariensis Playfair 1866, the Zanzibar Butterflyfish. East Africa to the Chagos Archipelago. Coral feeder. To five inches overall length.

No pic, sorry... will tag along on your next trip to the Indian Ocean! See Rob Moore's pix below

picture submission   12/7/14
Hello Bob & WetWeb crew,
<Tn8...>
While looking for info on a few butterflies, I noticed there was no picture for the "Chaetodon zanzibariensis" listing.
<I thank you for sharing>
I'd like to submit a picture of mine for your use on the site if you like.
From nose to tail, it's approximately 2" & a wonderful, very busy little guy. Knock on wood, he's got a big appetite.
<Ah good>
I'd be happy to forward any info or observations regarding it. Hopefully the pictures I'm including are the proper size. If not I can resend.
Happy holidays to you & your crew!
<And to you and yours. Please send along your name to apply as credit for these pix. Bob Fenner>
Re: picture submission   12/8/14

Hello again Bob & thanks!
My name is Rob Moore from New Jersey
<Ahh; thank you again Rob. Cheers, BobF>

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